What should I do if tummy time is affecting my baby's sleeping?

My almost 8 month old HATES and I mean HATES tummy time with is a struggle in itself because I feel like he will never crawl at this rate because I cant strengthen his arms because he wont go on his tummy. Well one thing he loves to do is roll all over the place. He is rolling in his sleep and when he gets on his tummy he wakes up in the middle of the night and starts crying becuase he finds himself on his tummy and gets so mad he wont roll himself on to his back! So I keep having to go in there and roll him back over. Any suggestions for the tummy time issue as well as the sleep issue? he was sleeping through the night until he started rolling in his sleep. And by the way once he is on his tummy in his crib he wont go back to sleep because he gets himself so upset by it.


Asked by Scoobersmom at 8:30 AM on Jan. 31, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • As for hating the tummy time -- the only suggestions I can think of is finding a playmat that gets his attention. Maybe if something REALLY catches his eye, he'll forget about getting mad. Some kids just don't like tummy time, though... Period.

    Sleep issue... you could try getting one of those little wedge things that keeps baby on his back. I'm not sure... that might just piss him off, too, once her realizes he's stuck in one position LOL --- but it's about all I can come up with (at least this early in the morning).

    If I come up w/ anything else, I'll let ya know.

    Answer by Laura1229 at 8:52 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • Yep I have tried really fun play mats and roll and crawl balls and all that good stuff. he just hates it all and lays his head flat on the floor and scream...I know a lot of babies hate tummy time, but for all those babies I wonder....how do they ever learn to crawl!

    Tried the wedges too! And yep that really pissed him off! LOL

    Let me know if you think of anything else! I know its early so thank you!!!


    Answer by Scoobersmom at 9:10 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • It sounds really cruel, but as far as night goes I would let him cry for a while. He is smart enough and old enouch to roll him self back over.

    Durring the daytime, I wouldn't force tummy time. I have a 10 month old and I am a nanny to a 6 month old. I have never forced tummy time on either. The 6 month old loves it, but won't use his arms just lifts his head. He can't roll over yet either. On the other hand my son hated tummy time so much I never even tried. He was rolling at 2 weeks, and crawling at 5 months.

    Every baby is different. Some babies never learn to crawl. They just go straight into walking.

    Answer by ReachtotheStars at 9:15 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • I agree with pp you are going to have to let him cry it out. When my dd starting rolling she would do the same thing, but I let her cry and within a few nights she went to sleep on her tummy after she rolled over. They have to get used to it, not you coming in and rolling him over everytime. It might be a little painful for you, but well worth it in the long run. Good luck!

    Answer by kboney29 at 9:29 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • My almost 5-month old started to do this too at night. The first night we ended up going in and turning him around the whole night. The second night my husband let him CIO and in 9 minutes he was fast asleep on his stomach and we just turned him over. The next night it took 5 minutes. And now we usually catch him before he gets mad if we're still up -- we have a video monitor -- so we turn him over. And if it happens in the middle of the night he just sleeps on his stomach and seems to not bother him.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:38 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • Tummy time is important and Id do 5 minute sesions several times day,even if he cries.If hes waking up crying how about a sleep positioner?I know you use those for newborns to be sure they stay on thier backs,so maybe you could adjust it to work for your 8 month old?My 6 month old gets upset on his belly because he wants to crawl so badly,could it be that?Does he have reflux?Crawling isnt a MUST so if its not for him then you cant force him,however you still need to do tummy time so he gets neck control.Good luck

    Answer by Chrystal_A at 9:51 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • LOL yea I had just the opposit problems. My kids were both belly sleepers and HATED being on their backs, they figure it out after a while. Don't worry, you son will crawl when he's ready

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 9:51 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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